Sunday, February 22, 2015

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow Swatches - Part 2 - The Mattes

Hey everyone! Happy Sunday! Today I am coming to you with some more ColourPop eyeshadow swatches. I mentioned in my first post that my friend Therese would be swatching her collection for our viewing pleasure, and oh boy, now I pretty much want every single color.

Definitely check out the first post for all the details on the formula and stuff, but just know that these are super pigmented cream-to-powder shadows with amazing colors for just $5 each.

Today I'll be showing you the matte shadows from ColourPop! These were a highly anticipated release, and I did show off three of them myself but Therese has all but one of them so here they are in their full glory. (We are only missing the matte black and I am sure you can imagine what that's like anyway.)


Fairfax - A dark brown matte, great pigment, but that basically doesn't even need to be said.

Mittens - A brick red-brown matte, definitely a unique shade. I must own this.

Effect - Deep blackened teal matte, crazyyy pigment. Yum.

Bill - Muted plum beige matte. Great transition color!

Hustle - Burgundy matte with violet undertone. All day every day.


Cop A Feel - Light creamy beige matte. Another great transition color. This whole section is really!

Hanky Panky - A light cool-toned matte taupe. Gimme.

Play - This is a peachy neutral matte taupe. Unique!

To-A-T - Mid tone matte brown. Warm tones definitely suit me to a T.

Bandit - Warm rusty brown matte. Warm yes gimme more.


Doe-A-Deer - Deep matte violet. Want this so hard.

Tink - Deep matte charcoal! Basically dyin' to get this for smokey eyes.

Girl Crush - Mid tone warm matte gray. So good. 

And just pretend there is a black matte on the end called Roulette!

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A big thank you goes out to the wonderful Therese for these great swatches! And there are still plenty more to come. Like, lots. 
She wasn't sure she would have the skills to take good swatch photos but I think she did an amazing job, am I right? :D
And again check out the first post for all you need to know about ColourPop.

Hope you guys enjoyed this post, and have a great week! I'll see you soon with some nail posts.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

valentine's day smooches


Hey everyone! You know what? I think I'm really committed to blog-revitalization this time. I even did nail art on myself like two times this week. That's a lot for me lately! I hope this is me coming back around to the nail game. I've missed it!

I even did seasonally-appropriate nails. Valentine's Day nails!
You may remember from years past that Tiffany from Nail Polish Canada is my nail-valentine and this year is no different because she sent me another lovely plate to play with. 


Muah! Lil' kisses.
I started with a base of Formula X for Sephora - Hyped, a super vibrant purple with amazing shimmer.
It dries semi-matte as most neon purples do, so you're able to quickly go in and do some stamping.
I stamped the lips image from Bundle Monster BM-H17 using a light pink stamping polish from Mundo de Unas.
Add some Seche Vite and you're done! 


Super cute for Valentine's Day, or Galentine's Day! Hope you guys are having a lovely day whatever you're up to.

If you're feelin' this mani, you can buy the plate here on its own for only $3.40! Ships free in Canada, too.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow Swatches - Part 1!

Hey everyone out there in blog land! Do you miss me? I know I am a total and complete space case when it comes to my blog of late, however I'm pretty into the idea of revitalizing it! Let's get some posts up in this bish!

I gotta admit, I kinda spend more time on makeup than nails lately, so I'm hoping to try out some more makeup posts for the blog. And never fear, I do still love all things nails, I just have practically zero time to do my own between working full time plus grad school plus nail clients plus actually trying to have a social life sometimes. But I'm working on getting back into it! I'm not up on all the latest nail crazes, but I'm sure with a little help from you guys, I'll get there!

So today I've got a makeup post ready for ya! I recently fell in love with a new product so now I'm gonna share it with all of you.


If you've been living under a makeup rock, you might not have heard of ColourPop Cosmetics. They have been blowing up on Instagram and YouTube and practically everywhere else. And for good reason, too. They've got a beautiful range of eye shadows and lip products, and soon there will be blushes in the family as well.
What makes their shadows different is the formula. The ColourPop Super Shock Shadows are like this totally different and unique texture that is a cream-to-powder type of deal. It's actually squishy. You have to touch it yourself to understand. And the ultra mega bonus is that they're all $5 a pop. FIVE BUCKS! That's not even a good sub at Subway.

I have to say, when I first saw people obsessing over these I was like "Nahhh, this girl doesn't need another product to hoard. I'll pass." But the more I saw pictures and videos I was like YAASSS NEEED. The pigment is so intense, and the glittery ones are so stinkin' beautiful. I couldn't resist any longer. I bought ten.


Each shadow comes in a little box, and you have to keep the individual pots closed tightly when not in use because they can dry out and no one wants that.


And now it is swatchey time! I've included flash and natural light photos for some sparkle realness. Each swatch is just one small swipe, because like I said, the pigment is just out of control.


Tassel - A very glittery white shade. You could put this anywhere for BAM sparkle. Highlight like mad.

Meow - This one is my favorite. It's impossible to capture all the sparkle going down in here. It's a dark silver base and it reflects with pink and purple and maybe even blue glitter. When I put this on my eyes for the first time, I spent the next half hour looking at it. Ooh aah sparkle yes wow. You need this on your face like yesterday.

Ibiza - Blue! Beautiful vibrant turquoise blue. Not as sparkly as the others, more pigment-based, but still glitters like a damn goddess. Gimme.

Dare - Be still my heart. Sparkly vibrant purple. Need I say more?

Bae - I'm pretty sure that this shade was the reason I broke down and bought some. It's a bruised purpley red, with a turquoise duochrome flash. It totally transforms in the light and it's so cool.


Hustle - Another reason I had to order. A burgundy matte with pigment like whoa. I can't stop loving warm eyeshadow looks and this is a great shade for that.

Effect - A deep teal matte with insane pigment. Just a beautiful color. So dense and creamy.

Bill - Talk about creamy. This one even feels creamier than the others. I figured I had to get one neutral color. Who doesn't love a good nude?

Cricket  - Sparkle time. Do you see this? A smokey plum-brown with just so much glitter. So beautiful. Take your usual everyday Naked palette look, and then add this on the lid? Unreal.

Sequin - More glitter. More. This is a very metallic copper with all your sparkle needs.

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What do you guys think of these amazing shadows? Can you believe they are $5? Would you like to see more? Yes? Great, because I have a trick up my sleeve.
Even though these are my only Super Shock shades as of now, my amazing pal Therese has a whole bunch more. And she is going to swatch them for us all! And I'll be posting them here. ColorPop has such an amazing range of colors and I'm pumped to be able to do a whole series of posts. We will even include some of their Lippie Stix somewhere along the line. Stoked!

So for now, I leave you with this subtle ColourPop eye look I posted on my Instagram. See you guys again soon!


Monday, December 1, 2014

october/november haul 2014

Hello and welcome to a double-up haul post! 
Why you ask? I'm pretty sure I didn't buy anything in October. Legit.
There may be one... So I'm calling this the October/November haul just in case. I have been such a good girl you guys. I haven't been to any supply stores since September! The only time I really shopped was on a weekend trip to Toronto with my parents.

Also I can't get freakin' Instagram to embed the photos I want so I'm just uploading them. But don't forget to check me out on IG, if you haven't already! I'm more active there these past few months, with lots of different kinds of stuff like makeup and crochet and nails and selfies, obvi, it's Instagram.


I did damage at one particular Winners store in Toronto. I found all of this and was carrying it around in my arms, looking for a cart (or my mom) to help carry it all! Haha.
The OPI GelColor I don't include in my haul because that's more for clients than for me. But it was an amazing deal, it would have cost me $120+ regular price but I got it for $50! The CG set was also a great deal, on clearance for $15. And the single polishes were $3-4 each (but now I need the pink OPI sheer tint to complete the set!)
OPI - I'm Never Amberrassed 
OPI - Don't Violet Me Down
OPI - I Can Teal You Like Me
Orly - Green Flakie Topcoat
Sparitual - Giggle
China Glaze - Wait n' Sea
China Glaze - I Sea The Point
China Glaze - X-Ta-Sea
China Glaze - Dune Our Thing
China Glaze - Float On
China Glaze - Feel The Breeze


I had a little haul of mini Mundo de Unas stamping polishes! Looking forward to trying them out (if I ever get a minute to sit down and do my nails.) Colors are: 9 Red, 21 Purple, 15 Mexican Pink, 6 Pastel Blue, 24 Aqua, 8 Green, 16 Lilac, 14 Violet, 25 Pastel Pink, 11 Yellow.

Oooother than that, I just picked up a few random Essence polishes from Shoppers at different times.

Essence - Aquatix Bay
Essence - Mermaid's Secret
Essence - Dark Night Starlight

So that makes 14 polishes and 10 mini stamping ones. Not bad for two months hey? Maybe I should start including makeup in my hauls because my makeup hoarder status has totally increased! Haha. Or maybe I should keep that to myself...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

ice cream cone nails! + tutorial

If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember the ice cream nail tutorial I did! I slaved over it because I wanted so badly not only to grow my nails long enough to do it but also to compose a little IG video tutorial (my first ever!) and holy cannoli, video tutorials are not easy!
I managed to get it done and I was super proud of it! But somehow neglected to make a post here about it. Yeah, I'm the worst. (Let's not talk about how this is my first post in November, okay? It's been a busy month. I was gonna talk about it but I'll save ya!)

Anyway! Here's the tutorial again and some more words about my ice cream nails.


Press play!
I started with a base of Essie - Topless and Barefoot for the nice cone color. I did the waffled details using Essie - Mink Muffs and a striper brush.
The ice cream colors are all from Lime Crime:
Lime Crime - Pastelchio
Lime Crime - Milky Ways
Lime Crime - Parfait Day
Lime Crime - Lavendairy
Adding the dots of the color along the line between the ice cream and the cone really helps with the cutesy ice creamy feel by making definition in the scoops.

I added a red pearl rhinestone as the cherry on top, but be careful because those can smear if you drag the topcoat over them. So make sure to do that carefully.
I added little sprinkles with tiny caviar beads, which again can bleed their color, so swipe quickly with the topcoat!


I can't believe I actually grew my nails that long just because I wanted ice cream nails so badly!
Sadly I didn't get many nice photos of them on my camera, just on my phone. So there's no pic spam for you, but you get the point!




Looking good with MAC's Betty Bright lipstick!
I think I would wear these nails 24/7 if I could. So cute and good enough to eat!!

What do you guys think? They may be a bit too summery for right now, but lemme know if you try it out!